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De Jong Guides Sevilla to 6th European Glory, Defeats Milan 3-2 in Final

Sevilla has added one-more silverware in its trophy cabinet by defeating Inter Milan 3-2 in Cologne on Friday night. It was Sevilla’s sixth European title and the fourth UEFA Europa League title in the last seven years. Luuk de Jong netted a brace and Romelu Lukaku’s own goal, helped Sevilla to break the hearts of Serie A Club. 

Inter Milan took the lead after Romelu Lukaku’s strike assisted by Diego Carlos in the 5th minute. Lukaku converted the penalty to give Inter smiles early in the game. Sevilla bounced back and Luuk De Jong scored the equalizer in the 12th minute off a Jesus Navas cross.

De Jong completed his brace after scoring the 2nd goal for Sevilla ain 33rd minute assisted by Ever Banega. Luuk de Jong has only scored three Europa League goals this season but the credibility and the importance of these three goals are more than any other achievement. Against Man United in the semis, the Dutchman netted a winning goal and in the final, he scored a brace. 

Inter Milan couldn’t stop after Jong’s second goal and they got the equalizer after two minutes, Diego Godin strike for Milan with a header. The score was leveled on 2-2 after the competitive first half. 

The managers tried to change their strategy in the second half and the tight defense of both sides couldn’t get an opportunity to strike. Sevilla blocked a couple of chances of Inter Milan. In 74th minute, Diego Carlos's overhead kick was deflected home by Romelu Lukaku to provide an opportunity for Sevilla to take 3-2 lead in the game. 

Lautaro Martinez was the most disappointing thing that happened for Conte on the final night. The 22-year-old was completely out of the contest with the poor show. He had no shots, no goals, and no assists against The Spanish Club with a pass accuracy of 66% and only 6 accurate passes. 

Sevilla has now won their last six European final appearances and they matched the winning streak of 6 finals with Liverpool. Only Real Madrid (9) has the best winning streak at this stage. The Spanish Giants are the most successful side at Europa League with record six titles.  



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